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Gregory VII, Saint Originally Hil·de·brand (hĭl′də-brănd′) 1020?-1085.
Pope (1073-1085) who sought to establish the supremacy of the pope within the Church and the authority of the Church over the state.
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(Biography) Saint, monastic name Hildebrand. ?1020-–85, pope (1073–85), who did much to reform abuses in the Church. His assertion of papal supremacy and his prohibition (1075) of lay investiture was opposed by the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV, whom he excommunicated (1076). He was driven into exile when Henry captured Rome (1084). Feast day: May 25
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|Noun||1.||Gregory VII - the Italian pope who fought to establish the supremacy of the pope over the Roman Catholic Church and the supremacy of the church over the state (1020-1085)|
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